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Ask-a-Grower #165-What makes Flower Dragon so good? Plant Growth Regulators?

I’m looking for info on Flower Dragon. People have been telling me that it’s significantly better than p-load or bushmaster. Do you carry it? What makes it so good?

I would be wary of products like Flower Dragon.  Flowering stimulants that produce UNBELIEVABLE results and only claim minimal levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous or Potassium (NPK) most likely contain harmful Plant Growth Regulators or PGR’s.  These products are commonly used in markets outside the US and have been showing up here more and more.

To understand this better you need to know more about PGR’s.  There are two basic types of PGR’s, natural and synthetic.

Natural PGR’s are plant based and are NOT harmful, they occur naturally in seaweed and other plant varieties…this is why products that contain cold pressed seaweed, like House & Garden’s Algen Extract, are so beneficial.

The second type, synthetic PGR’s, ARE harmful and are not legally allowed to be used on consumable crops.  The California Department of Food & Agriculture or CDFA does not allow these products and this is why you won’t find them claimed on the derived from statement or guaranteed analysis on the label of these suspect products like Flower Dragon.  The most common synthetic PGR’s are:

    1. Prohexadione


      http://www.alanwood.net/pesticides/prohexadione.html

    2. paclobutrazol


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paclobutrazol

    3. Chlormequatchloride


      http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC34668

      These products have been shown to be carcinogenic and are definitely not recommended for consumable crops.

      For increased yields and better flowering results we at San Diego Hydroponics recommend products like Mad Farmer MOAB or House & Garden’s Shooting Powder.  These products have extremely high levels of Phosphorous and Potassium, produce great results and are much safer for the consumer.

      Hope this answers your question.  Please don’t hesitate to ask more questions if you need more clarity.

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